Review: Best Creams for Dark Circles Under Eyes

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Have you ever asked yourself how to get rid of dark circles and where do they even come from? We’ll tell you all about how they happen, if they can be lightened with at-home treatments, and we’ll review the top products for dark circles under eyes that actually work.

Why Do We Have Dark Circles?

Dark, purplish dark circles under eyes that sometimes look dark grey or even black are just like many other parts of life – they’re not fair. You might develop them no matter what your age or gender is. That being said, there are certain factors that contribute to the formation of dark circles under eyes.

  • Age. Obviously, there are older people who don’t have dark circles. But because the skin of your eye area is so very delicate, ageing causes it to thin even more and increases the likelihood of dark circles.
  • Unhealthy lifestyle and tiredness. If your lifestyle includes not enough (or too much) sleep, endless hours in front of the screen, unhealthy diet and a lack of hydration, your body will respond in negative ways. And that includes your eye area! If you’re not physically healthy, your skin gets paler, weaker, duller and more tired. You’ll notice small veins coming through under your eyes and develop dark circles.
  • Genetics. Have you had dark circles under eyes since childhood? Then you probably have a genetic predisposition to them. This means you might not be able to completely eliminate your purplish dark circles – but it’s still possible to reduce them.
  • Allergies. Yes, even allergic reactions can manifest as dark circles under eyes. In this case, you have no other options than to use antihistamines. (And as we always like to remind you: talk to your doctor.)

How to Get Rid of Dark Circles at Home?

Agonising over how to get rid of dark circles – but you still haven’t bought the right cream to solve the problem? Don’t worry. There are things you can try in the comfort of your home:

  • Cold compress. Apart from reducing the under-eye bags that often come with dark circles, 20 minutes of applying a cold compress will tighten enlarged capillaries and effectively lighten dark circles. You can use ice cubes wrapped in a tea towel, or chilled used tea bags of black or green tea.
  • Quality sleep. A lack or excess of sleep might not be the only culprit of dark under-eye circles. Sometimes it’s also the position in which you sleep – so use several pillows to avoid water retention around your eyes and wake up with a brighter eye area.
  • Lymphatic massage. The water retention in your face that leads to dark circles and under-eye bags might be caused by a slow lymphatic system. So get it moving with a lymphatic gua sha massage or with a face roller – a massaging tool for your face.
  • Concealer. This method doesn’t address the dark circles directly, but it’s the perfect way to cover them. If you need to eliminate your dark circles here and now, just camouflage them with a concealer.

Reviewing the Best Creams for Dark Circles

Some of the active ingredients that help with dark circles are retinol, vitamins A and C, peptides, ceramides and hyaluronic acid, which is why you often find them in the top eye creams for dark circles. Want to know how these products stack up against one another?

Payot Roselift

Payot Roselift Collagène Regard against wrinkles, under-eye bags and dark circles works absolutely perfectly. I have to say that I noticed the difference after only a few days. The skin around my eyes is tighter, more hydrated, my dark circles are eliminated and the whole eye area looks healthier. The light formula of this cream absorbs very easily, it doesn’t feel oily and it contains this fine shimmer that makes my skin look radiant. I use it twice a day – in the morning before putting on my makeup, and in the evening after cleansing my skin. Definitely worth the money.

Monica V.

Collistar Special

This biorevitalising cream for dark circles from Collistar has a light formula, goes on easily and has a lovely, subtle fragrance. Collistar Special Anti-Age Biorevitalizing Eye Contour Cream comes in a 15ml size which might not seem like a lot, but a little really goes a long way so I expect it to last me for ages. It absorbs quite fast and doesn’t leave any unpleasant film on the skin. Still, I prefer to use it before bedtime – so even if it was substantially thicker, ti wouldn’t be a problem for me. I started using it along with a cooling gel eye mask and I feel like my eye area is already looking less tired and my dark circles and under-eye bags are less prominent.

Lauren F.

Shiseido Waso

Shiseido Waso Eye Opening Essence eye cream for dark circles is quite unusual. I’d say it’s best for young skin without any significant issues. The cream itself is very refreshing and can be applied under your makeup or on top of it because the orange tint neutralises blue dark circles quite well. The refreshing effect can be almost unpleasant – sometimes it stings my eyes, which I personally don’t like.

Lucy K.

Darphin Intral

I wear glasses which bring out any dark circles or puffiness even more, so I really make sure to take care of my eye area. I tried Darphin Intral eye cream and I’m really happy with it, it does exactly what I need it to do. This cream reduces both swelling dark circles, refreshes my skin and makes my eye area brighter. Its gel-like texture feels really light and creates this very lovely cooling effect. The only thing I’m not ecstatic about is the packaging. I usually prefer a tube which allows me to use only a small amount of product. This way I sometimes pick up too much cream with my fingertip.

Edie K.

Glamglow Brighteyes

Up until now I’ve felt like there isn’t much for me in the world of beauty to get excited about anymore. I thought I’ve seen it all. While I’d heard about Glamglow Brighteyes Illuminating Anti-fatigue Eye Cream for dark circles before, I never actually tried it – and now I know how wrong I was. As soon as I got this cream, I fell in love with it completely (as weird as that may sound). The packaging is completely adorable, just like the golden pot itself. You’re almost scared to touch it, that’s how beautiful it looks. But the true miracle is inside. I’ve had my dark circles since childhood, so I don’t think anything is going to help with them – however, if you’re dealing with puffiness, under-eye bags or whatever you want to call it, this cream is the bomb. Just put on a little bit in the morning and poof, swelling is gone! My verdict: This product looks fantastic, it works and I whole-heartedly recommend it!

Rose S.

Elemis Peptide

Elemis Peptide⁴ Eye Recovery Cream for wrinkles, swelling and dark circles is really something. I’ve been using it every morning and night and you really only need the tiniest amount. It has a delicate, nice texture that feels amazing. The skin around my eyes gets really dry in winter, especially my eyelids, and this product instantly brought a significant difference in hydration. I’ve also been noticing that my visible dark circles were clearly reduced. My skin looks fresh, like I’ve just woken up from an invigorating sleep. I’ve been really concentrating on skin care in the current situation and this product has totally surpassed my expectations.

Dina D.

Bobbi Brown Vitamin

I fell in love with Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Eye Base from the first application. It has the consistency of a butter, goes on like a dream and absorbs instantly. The skin around my eyes is perfectly hydrated and tightened, which I adore. Plus, it’s the ideal base for makeup and makes it stay on all day. This means that covering my dark circles is much easier and my eyes look fresh and “awake”.

Andrea K.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night

Since I’ve now been mostly working from home and spending a lot of time in front of the computer, dark circles have become more of a problem. Luckily, Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex regenerating cream has been a massive help! After about a week I already noticed my dark circles were less visible – and I look forward to applying the cream every morning. It smells wonderful, has a nice cooling effect and feels amazing. I also like the glass container which is very practical and looks better than a simple tube.

Natalie C.

 

Now you know how to handle your dark circles and what options you have if you want to get rid of them. The final choice is obviously yours and we’re already at the edge of our seats: Which of the creams mentioned above will be your new go-to product for your under-eye area?